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before you fork over the down payment. Filters help you get that kind of
Two major problem areas that filters can help you examine at this stage are
Overallocated resources: These are resources working more than the
number of hours you specified.
Tasks on a critical path: A critical path consists of the series of tasks in
your project that must happen on time for the project to meet its final
Any task that has slack — that is, any length of time that it could be
delayed without delaying the entire project’s timing — is not on the
critical path. If your project has little in the way of slack, any delays
that occur are likely to derail your project.
Filters are like the Zoom feature in your word processor: They give you a
closer look at various aspects of your plan and help you spot clues about
problems (such as overallocated resources). You can set a filter to highlight
tasks or resources that meet certain criteria or to remove any tasks or
resources from view that don’t meet such criteria.
Project provides predesigned filters that you can simply turn on for tasks or
resources, using criteria such as
Tasks with a cost greater than a specified amount
Tasks on the critical path
Tasks that occur within a certain date range
Tasks that use resources in a resource group
Tasks with overallocated resources
Several filters, such as Slipping Tasks and Overbudget Work, help you spot
problems after you’ve finalized your plan and are tracking actual progress.
(See Chapter 13 for more about tracking.)
You can access filters in a couple of ways. When you use the Filter button,
you choose from a list of built-in filters. The filters act to remove any tasks
from view that don’t meet specified criteria.
To turn on such filters from the Formatting toolbar, follow these steps: